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WATCH THE VIDEO: A group of trainees have taken the first steps in their new careers through the Jobs Victoria Community Traineeship Pilot Program.
The program helps address both youth unemployment as well as the growing community services sector.
The pilot program – which aims to support over 200 trainees – works with young people facing barriers to employment in areas including Dandenong, Broadmeadows and Bendigo.
It provides trainees with a full-time job while they also work to complete a Certificate IV in Community Services, trialling a flexible model of training. Additional assistance is also provided to help with challenges such as low literacy or housing.
The Jobs Victoria Community Traineeship Pilot Program is being led by the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) in partnership with RMIT, Youth Projects, Access Australia Group, Future Social Service Institute and Taskforce.
Since October 2016, over $90 million has been invested into Jobs Victoria services, assisting more than 9500 jobseekers into work.
Watch the video to learn more.